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Area students receive scholarships from Eastern Arizona College
By Mylee Mayberry
Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet was held last month to recognize the scholastic achievements of over 75 EAC students.
The banquet, held at EAC’s campus in Thatcher, recognized donors and recipients of 49 scholarships. Many of the scholarships are annually funded by the generous contributions of various organizations and individuals, while others are endowed scholarships funded by the earnings of funds provided by the gifts of donors.
Colton Cook, of Thatcher, son of Chris and Julie Cook, and Shania Phelps also from Thatcher, daughter of Justin and Laura Phelps, both received an Alumni Association Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible by the gifts of EAC alumni through annual fundraising and is awarded to children or grandchildren of EAC alumni who demonstrate exemplary character traits and academic ability.
Samuel Martin, of Thatcher, son of Jeffrey and Pamela Martin of Mesa, received the DRG Technologies Graphic Design Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in graphic design.
Randall Bee, of Thatcher, son of Marty and Angie Hancock, received the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW 10385 Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a new or returning EAC student who is a veteran or relative of a veteran of the United States Armed Services.
Travis Palmer, of Thatcher, son of Mel and Adeline Palmer, received the Debra Mullenaux Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Debra Mullenaux to help students who demonstrated goodness and integrity in their lives. This scholarship is awarded to a married, full-time student.
Devin Hatch, of Thatcher, son of Luke and Lisa Hatch, received the Eldon and Lucille Palmer Memorial Scholarship. This memorial scholarship, in memory of seventy three years of marriage, is presented to a full-time music major student from Thatcher High School.
Travis Rickman, of Thatcher, son of Rick Rickman, received the H. Greg Brockmeier Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of Greg Brockmeier who has provided 32 years of service to the community and his employer. The award is presented to a new or returning student.
Bruce Anavitate, of Thatcher, son of Antonio and Yucha Anavitate, received the John Mickelson Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a returning EAC student, in honor of John Mickelson, a state senator instrumental in establishing the Arizona State Community College System.
Ashley Smith, of Thatcher, daughter of Jason and Teleysha Smith, received the Phyllis Martin Lord Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Phyllis Martin Lord, and is awarded to a student demonstrating scholarship potential, integrity, and service to family, church, and community.
Justin Montierth, of Safford, son of Teri and Tracy Montierth, received the DRG Technologies Business Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in business, and provides opportunities for local students to build valuable skills needed by employers in the community. Charlotte Rios, of Safford, daughter of Jeremy and Melanie Rios, received the GFWC Woman’s Club of Safford Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a Gila Valley high school graduate.
Joseph Allred, of Safford, son of Micah Mleyneck, received the Graham County Republican College Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Graham County high school who is a registered Republican upon his or her 18th birthday.
DeWitt Evans, of Safford, son of Scott and Rebecca Evans, received the Keith and Kathleen McBride Crockett Family Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship honors the service of Keith and Kathleen and their children. It is awarded by the Crockett family to an EAC student who is the child or grandchild of an EAC alumnus.
Freddie Sanchez, of Safford, son of Freddie Sanchez and Anna Rios, received the Kristie and Patrick Putnam Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to single parents studying business, nursing, science, or computer science.
Enid Rodriguez, of Safford, son of Julissa Rodriguez, received the Fred and Olga Pace Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to a Graham County resident returning to EAC in pursuit of a degree that provides preparation for gainful employment.
Kriston Crisler, of Safford, daughter of Charles Hanson, received the Safford Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarship. This scholarship is given to women returning to college after an interruption caused by occupational or family responsibilities.
William Hemphill, son of Brad and Amy Hemphill, and Levario Ramirez, son of Johnny Flowers and Jeannine Lubker both of Safford, received the Safford Lions Club Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to incoming EAC freshmen who are graduates of a Graham County high school.
Aubrey Dodge, of Safford, daughter of John and Sondae Hughes, received the Safford Rotary Club Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a Graham County high school graduate.
Sarah Dannenbrink, of Safford, daughter of Ruth Dannenbrink, received the Mark J. Green Spanish Scholarship. This memorial scholarship is in memory of Mark J. Green, and is awarded to a top student in Spanish language courses.
Mary Reynolds, of Pima, daughter of Brawner and Melissa Reynolds, received the Anna Dean Millet/Don and Carlotta Pace Scholarship. This scholarship is presented in memory of Gila Valley philanthropists and educators Don and Carlotta Pace to a returning EAC student.
Chance Anderson, of Pima, son of Danita Hill, received the Bernstein Brothers Memorial Scholarship. The family and friends of Tony and Billy Bernstein established this memorial scholarship to provide the opportunity of higher education to a deserving student pursuing an education in industrial technology or environmental biology.
Bryany Lopez, of Thatcher, daughter of Brad and Debbie Baker, of Kearny, received the Helen Johnson Bone Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the late Helen Johnson Bone and William J. Bone to benefit a homemaker seeking a degree from EAC.
Terrilyn Small, formerly of Burnt Corn Valley, AZ, daughter of Terry and Jean Cook, received the Pizza Edge Scholarship. This scholarship was established by EAC alumnus, Larry Justice and his wife, Diane, owners of Pizza Edge, and is awarded to a student with a high GPA who demonstrates good character, citizenship, and integrity.
For more information about EAC’s scholarship opportunities, or to set up a scholarship of your own, contact EAC’s Alumni Center and Foundation at (928) 428-8295.